man running - shin splints
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What is it?

‘Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome’, more commonly known as ‘Shin Splints’ is a pain located on the inside of the Tibia / Shin bone. It is a common injury among active people which can develop suddenly. Most frequently, this pain worsens at the start of activity and diminishes throughout the activity. If the injury progresses, this pain may be constant throughout activity.

What causes it?

The most common cause is due to change in activity, duration or intensity, too quickly! It particularly affects high- impact activities like running. Other factors may include fallen arches/ poor biomechanics and poor footwear.

How to treat it ?

The most important advice would be to reduce any high impact activities to a minimum. Treatment options are as follows

  • Soft tissue massage.
  • Regular stretching of the calves.
  • Strengthening and stabilising core muscles and hips.
  • Assessing footwear and biomechanics.
  • Gradual introduction of high impact activities.

How to avoid shin splints?

If you are planning to start a new, high – impact activity there are a few things to consider. Firstly, correct footwear is important. Make sure to the footwear has good arch support and that they are worn a little bit before you start. Secondly, warming up and stretching before you start any activity is essential. Thirdly, and most importantly, when starting a new activity, it has to be introduced gradually! The key is to take things slowly and work yourself up bit by bit!

For Shin Splints treatment and advise, book an appointment with me through my website, social media, or by phone.

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